Rain relief: How long will it last?
For more details, see the Northeast Drought Early Warning System Dashboard.
- Moderate Drought (D1) was reduced to a few small areas in northern New York and in the Connecticut River Valley in New Hampshire and Vermont.
- Abnormally Dry conditions (D0) formed a patchwork pattern across the region. Only the southernmost New England states of Connecticut and Rhode Island were free of dryness.
- Some locations in the region have seen very little springtime snow. Boston, Concord, and Portland have recorded less than an inch since March 1.
7-Day Average Streamflows
Streamflows are above average for most of the Northeast except for Maine and northern Vermont.
Annual Precipitation Departure from Normal
Much of the Northeast was experiencing a downward trend of precipitation departure in 2021 that has somewhat moderated in the last few weeks.
- As of Thursday, May 13th, the Scituate Rhode Island Reservoir was just over 105% capacity.
- Currently, USGS Groundwater monitoring wells in the state were normal to just above normal.
Sign Up for Local Drought Alerts
Get an email notification when the U.S. Drought Monitor category changes for your location.
- The 8-14 day maps indicate above-normal temperatures for New York into western Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut and normal temperatures for the rest of the region. Below-normal precipitation is predicted for the entire Northeast.
- The 3-4 week outlook favors above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation in the Northeast.
8-14 Day Temperature Outlook
8-14 Day Precipitation Outlook
3-4 Week Temperature Outlook
3-4 Week Precipitation Outlook
- Northeast DEWS Dashboard
- NOAA Regional Climate Services
- Your local National Weather Service office
- NOAA Regional Climate Services Monthly Webinar Series (next webinar is on May 27)
- USDA Northeast Climate Hub
- USGS New England and New York Water Science Centers
Contacts for More Information
Regional Drought Information Coordinator (Northeast DEWS)
NOAA/CIRES/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
Ellen L. Mecray
Regional Climate Services Director, Eastern Region
NOAA/NESDIS/National Centers for Environmental Information
NOAA/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
Samantha Borisoff, Jessica Spaccio, Keith Eggleston, Art DeGaetano
Northeast Regional Climate Center
Regional Climate Services Director, Eastern Region, NOAA
David Hollinger and Maria Janowiak
USDA Climate Hubs
USGS/New England Water Science Center
In partnership with National Weather Service Offices of the Northeast and State Climate Offices of the Northeast.